Bravo! Vail will host free holiday sing-along Tuesday in Edwards
If you go ...
What: Bravo! Vail holiday sing-along.
When: 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Where: Edwards Interfaith Chapel, 32138 U.S. 6, Edwards.
More information: www.bravovail.org.
VAIL — Bravo! Vail will host a free community holiday sing-along on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Edwards Interfaith Chapel. This event is open to individuals and families of all ages and will feature an evening of singing favorite holiday songs and carols, followed by an informal reception for all participants.
While the event was conceived as a chance for Vail Valley residents to gather and sing beloved tunes in an informal setting, Bravo! Vail hopes that visitors to the area will participate as well. This event is open to anyone who wishes to come together to make music and celebrate the holiday season. Musical selections will range from classic carols to modern holiday popular songs; with such a wide array of repertoire planned for the evening, there surely will be something for everyone.
Everyone Making Music
“A major goal of Bravo! Vail’s educational arm is simply to get people of all ages to make music,” said Elli Varas, director of operations. “We thought this would be a fun and festive way for people to participate, and a way that Bravo! Vail can give back to the community that has supported it for nearly three decades.”
Getting people without any music background to “make music” in a group of strangers might seem like a colossal task; some individuals may feel shy about singing even the most familiar carols, or may be worried about needing to be able to read music in order to fully participate.
“Not a problem,” said Eden Badgett, music conductor for the sing-along. “We’ll have sheet music with words available for everyone, and while some people may simply choose to follow along, or only sing the tunes they know, we hope to have some adventurous singers who will delve into singing harmony. All levels of experience are welcome,” she continued, “and we’ll even have some trained singers there to help lead the group, but don’t let the ‘pros’ intimidate you. This is meant to be a fun and festive event for community members of all ages and abilities.”
In addition to Badgett’s conducting and the leadership of local trained singers, accompaniment will be provided by Denver-based pianist Megan Lombardo, who has a long history with the festival. Lombardo worked with Bravo! Vail first as a summer intern, then intern coordinator, from 2005 to 2010, and is thrilled to return for this event.
Though Bravo! Vail is a summer music festival, the organization is working to expand its winter presence in the Vail Valley through an increased number of education and community engagement programs such as this. This will be the festival’s first-ever sing-along event, though Badgett is hopeful that similar events will take place in the future.
“I think this event could become an annual favorite here in the Valley,” Badgett said. “It’s never really the holidays for me until I get to sing some carols among friends, and I hope that other people will enjoy it as much as I will.”
For more information about Bravo! Vail, visit www.bravo vail.org or call 970-827-5700.